Extras! 25 March 2015

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Welcome to The Extras! A daily dose of all the smaller movie related news, clips and just plain cool stuff that you might have missed!

  • Dear Hollywood, if you ever decide to do a live-action Naruto movie, you can just look at this live stage musical version that was put on in Japan to see how to perfectly recreate the look of the anime show’s characters on-screen. You can also look at the very same production to see how NOT to stage the fights. Seriously, what the hell is that trampoline crap?

  • Ladies and gentleman, we officially have our first frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar next year: Furious 7. At least that’s according to star Vin Diesel who really knows how to talk up a movie even when it’s probably not true.
“Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie, it will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever. There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing.”
  • Poster of the Day: Pan’s Labyrinth

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  • Do you guys realize that if Tom Hanks were to declare himself Emperor of the World tomorrow, I wouldn’t be able to think of a single valid reason to oppose him? And I’m guessing that millions of people will feel the same way, as he is one of the most universally beloved actors of our time. And he’ll keep that position by doing stuff like this “supercut” in which he reenacts every single role he’s ever played in 8 minutes.

  • With 3 Oscar nominations in a row, Bradley Cooper’s star just keeps on rising. And now it’s also going to be born. Cooper has signed on to star in and also make his directing debut with a new remake of perennial Hollywood tale A Star is Born. Originally, Cooper’s American Sniper director Clint Eastwood was to helm a remake, but that production fell apart. But now Cooper will be popping his cherry instead, and for the lead role of the young up-and-coming singer who gets mentored by an aging star, the actor still wants Eastwood’s top choice of pop diva Beyonce. Whether he gets her, and whether she’s actually any good in the role, we’ll have to wait and see.
  • Whether you loved it or hated it, there’s no denying the impact Lost had on the cultural zeitgeist. Since the show’s conclusion in 2010, most of the talk was around dissing Damon Lindelof for that finale. But a new, very insightful retrospective by Javier Grillo-Marxauch, a writer on the show, sheds some new light on the behind-the-scenes goings-on that actually shaped the direction of the story. Seems like we may have been a bit too harsh on Lindelof and nowhere near harsh enough on ABC and JJ Abrams.
  • Out of the three Hobbit movies, I enjoyed the final entry, The Battle of Five Armies, the most. But that may have had a lot to do with just eye-searingly beautiful that movie looked on IMAX. Take away those incredible HFR visuals, and you have a movie that has its fair share of problems. Problems that will definitely get mentioned in this latest Honest Trailer.

  • Looks like AMC’s adaptation of acclaimed comic Preacher has found its sucker. English actor Joseph Gilgun (This is England, Misfits) has been cast to play Cassidy, the hard-drinking Irish vampire who teams up with disillusioned preacher Jessie Custer (still to be cast) and his hitwoman girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga), after Custer receives the power of Word of God, and decides to track down the Almighty and hold him to account for his failings.
  • Here’s what we know about Furious 7: It will probably never win the Oscar for Best Picture. Sorry, Vin. As for the entire Fast & Furious franchise, here are a few more things to know.

  • The words “Macbeth” and “Martin Scorsese” might not be terms you would normally find close together, but that may just be what’s going to happen according to Kenneth Branagh. The actor/director, who has made several Shakespearean flicks in his career, says that Scorsese – best known for his hard hitting gangster flicks – has been in talks with him about directing a feature film version of Macbeth after seeing Branagh’s stage version of the famed play.

“We’re practically there with this happening. We will remount the production and all things being well Mr. Scorsese will direct a film version of that production. The fingers are hovering above pieces of paper. We’ve been talking about it. Everybody wants to do it, it’s just a question of schedules. I’m very, very, very, very, very, very hopeful it’s going to happen.”

And now all I can think about is how Joe Pesci would play the troubled Prince of Denmark. “Let not light see my black and deep desires, you f#$%ing [email protected]#ksucker!”

  • What have you been doing with your weekends for the past 4 years? Partying? Hanging out with friends and family? Collecting stamps (Nick says its way more exciting than people think)? Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure it pales in comparison to Paul Johnson, who spent his free time for the last four years producing an anime-inspired Star Wars short film entitled TIE Fighter. And it’s frakking incredible! A short, unfinished version of this has been around for a while, but now the amazing final product is finally here!

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Last Updated: March 25, 2015

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